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Google Wave of the Future or Just Another Wave on Wave?

Mile upon mile got no direction,
We’re all playing the same game.
-opening lyrics to Pat Green’s Wave on Wave

I’m starting to think these lyrics were written about Google Wave.  Google Wave has been lying out in the sands of beta version for too long!  Body boarding has been great, but the Wave has so much potential and I’m ready for it to go live!  I know I’m not the only one because, in fact, researching the planned live date for the software is a popular search on Google.

The Wave has been invaluable in coordinating a recent website development challenge for SwervePoint.  But, commiserating with Francisco, our webmaster of choice, we decided, as frequent beach goers, we want to see all of those grey shells of buttons be active.  File uploads and downloads, chat, and folders!  Inclusion of screen shots within waves? These things would make Wave a comprehensive ecosystem for the development of IT projects.

Typing on Google Wave is no day at the beach either!  Derek Thompson writes in his post “Google Wave Live Typing is a Fatal Flaw”, “I’m not on Google Wave, but Slate’s Farhad Manjoo is, and he’s stumbled upon something hellish.” Sounds like someone is going to get a blistering sunburn, maybe from forced retirement, if Google execs can’t move this software to full-grown soon!

And where is my support and manual? I appreciate the advances in software Google is providing, but other vendors have complete guides.  How can I surf without a lesson? According to “The Missing Google Analytics Manual”, “Google has done a fabulous job putting together learning materials for their Google Analytics IQ Lessons.”  However, the post is clear that the same energy has not been put into an actual guide for Google Analytics.  If Google really hopes to take over Microsoft’s market share, they need to bring full-fledged products to the table.  In the meantime, I’ll hope Bryan and Jeff Eisenberg put together something similar to the following for Google Wave: http://www.bryaneisenberg.com/2010/02/the-missing-google-analytics-manual/#ixzz0gbxG9y7C.

I guess if I can’t surf, I’ll go metal detecting.  Getting my certification in Google Analytics seems like the natural alternative path.  Since this Google product has been on the market long enough to be ready for swimsuit season, I’ll be glad to take advantage of the Google services related to it.  It’s so easy to purchase, too: http://google.starttest.com/.  Maybe today Google is the one beach combing for tiny treasures, like $100 from my bank account.

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  1. 02/27/2010 at 2:41 pm

    Cecelia, i think you were a little harsh on the “wave”

    there are products out there similar to the “wave” that do many of the things we’ve been drooling for. however, they’re not free … but some of those features i’m sure will be added in the future. the “wave” also as a section called “google wave extensions” … anyone can create an extension. think firefox and the ad-ons … think iphone and apps …

    but google is its own enemy … they roll out the “wave” to a few people at a conference, and then let it grow organically. it’s only in the last few weeks that the “wave” has been widely available … when it first came out i tried like crazy to find someone who could give me an invitation, but that took a while … so by restricting the user base because it’s beta, it prevents talented people from creating extensions …

    even with its shortcomings, think of how good it’s been for the project we’ve worked on … and that was pretty simple … imagine more complex projects, involving more people and with added features

    so the goal is to promote the “wave” … the more people “waving” the bigger the “surf”

    and as always, keep this in mind … instead of thinking “what can the wave do for me?” … think “look at what i can do with the wave” 🙂

    give it some time to grow … i’m a believer that google is a great company that fosters innovation

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